“It has been a privilege and joy to shepherd the Mahaiwe Performing Art Center’s growth and development over the last 15 years. During this time we completed a challenging and important restoration, established dynamic and memorable year-round programming, eliminated all debt and built our first cash reserve, and have become a vital cultural resource for diverse audiences,” said Jolly.
“It’s been a pleasure to partner with board chairs Lola Jaffe, Maggie Buchwald, Margaret Deutsch and the board as a whole. Together we’ve been courageous, responsible, and responsive to the Berkshire community. It’s also been a joy to work with the Mahaiwe’s smart, caring, and dedicated staff who keep the doors open 140 nights a year and skillfully manage the theater’s resources and communications,” Jolly continued. “I’m proud of our work. And it’s time for me to take on new challenges and adventures. The Mahaiwe is well positioned to continue to thrive and also grow in new ways. I look forward to supporting a positive transition as we each begin these new chapters.”
“Beryl’s leadership has strengthened the Mahaiwe and its role in the community, expanding programming, drawing visitors from across the region, and building a strong and talented team,” said Margaret Deutsch, Chair of the Mahaiwe Board of Trustees. “The board is appreciative of her contributions and the strong platform for future success she leaves behind. At the same time, we see this as an opportunity to continue to grow and evolve the Mahaiwe for the future.”
During Jolly’s tenure at Mahaiwe, the organization established and has achieved its ambitious mission of preserving the historic theater and becoming the leading year-round presenter of performing arts, film, arts education, and family programs for the Berkshires and neighboring communities.
Jolly arrived in Great Barrington in April 2005 and the theater kicked off its Centennial Celebration and began year-round programming in May of that year. The historic restoration of the jewel-box landmark venue was completed soon thereafter; the Mahaiwe is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- In its initial seasons, the Mahaiwe has presented and hosted over 1,500 presentations of all genres
- Between 2005-2019, over 500,000 audience members have attended world-class live performances, international HD broadcasts, classic monthly movies, and community gatherings
- School-time programs have welcomed over 22,000 local students from over 70 different schools across the tri-state region to enjoy live performances from international companies
- The 2019 season boasts 11 sold-out headliner events and over 80% audience capacity overall
- Jolly has overseen fundraising campaigns which have raised over $20 million to complete the theater’s restoration, its subsequent capital campaign to eliminate all debt and establish its first cash reserve, and support annual operating budgets
- Over half the Mahaiwe’s audience of 40,000 people annually come from across Berkshire County and the other half from across New England, the northeast, and the country
- The organization has grown from three full-time staff members to 11 full-time and a dozen part-time staff, with over 30 volunteers
- Its membership base has grown from 100 people in 2005 to over 1,200 in 2019
- The theater actively serves the local community with numerous collaborations, partnerships, and affiliations and has received widespread local, regional, and national press attention
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